Summer 2015 Volunteer Spotlight

Megan McCormick & Jon and Cheryl Hains

Megan McCormick

Megan McCormick taking promotional shots of 2015 Ultimate Habitat House Party celebrity, Becky Hood.
Megan McCormick taking promotional shots of 2015 Ultimate Habitat House Party celebrity, Becky Hood.

Running a photography business is no joke. With hundreds of photographers in our community, competition is fierce. And beyond the talent, the experience, and one-of-a-kind imagery McCormick Photography produces, there is one competitive advantage Megan McCormick holds like no other. Megan’s heart and generosity are unmatched.

In a serendipitous event back in the spring of 2014, Megan and business manager, Todd Hunt, came to Habitat looking to give back to the community. “Megan and Todd came in to the Guelph office and offered their photography services to us at absolutely no charge. We were overwhelmed by their kindness. What they were offering us was thousands of dollars worth of volunteer services” remarks Sharron Riley-Persson, Director of Marketing, Communications, and Resource Development. From that moment on, Megan became the photographer responsible for delivering the professional images for the Ultimate Habitat House Party, our 5-year, 25 more homes Campaign, and so much more!

Megan is seen here having a ball photographing the 2014 Ultimate Habitat House Party.

Jon and Cherel Hains

Jon and Cherel Hains picture perfect in the Orangeville ReStore.
Jon and Cherel Hains picture perfect in the Orangeville ReStore.

Jon and Cherel Hains joined Habitat for Humanity WDG in September 2014 and have both played integral roles at our ReStore in Orangeville since that time. When we asked them why they selected Habitat for Humanity as the charitable organization to which they wanted to contribute as volunteers, Cherel remarked, “we just returned from sailing our 36’ Catamaran exploring both sides of Canada and the US. We were gone for a year and were ready to come home!” They began volunteering their time at other local charitable organizations but found that there wasn’t that “rewarding” feeling. According to both Jon and Cherel, “we are not only having such great fun at the ReStore, but also know our support is making such a difference to families that need an important hand up”.

Cherel owned two Body Shop franchises for over fourteen years so business is her background. Jon volunteered as a firefighter for over 30 years while owning a General Store in Hockley Village for over 12 years, specializing in tool sales.

According to Jon, the ReStore volunteer work offers a variety of jobs and let’s both Cherel and him meet so many different people. Habitat for Humanity is so proud to have Jon and Cherel as a part of our volunteer network—they most certainly have the power to change lives!